Friday, September 24, 2010

The Colbert Retort


These videos have probably by now made the rounds all over the liberal blogosphere but Stephen Colbert's 5 minute-long performance/testimony on migrant workers before Congress is too good not to help disseminate.

This was the closest Colbert ever came to stepping out of character, when he told Congresswoman Chu, "I like talking about people who don't have any power...I feel the need to speak for those who can't speak for themselves....We ask them to come and work, and then we ask them to leave again. They suffer, and have no rights."


We unknowns in the blogosphere point out that contradiction every day and no one listens to us. Perhaps Colbert's celebrity will get them to thinking about that despicable contradiction.

1 Comments:

At September 25, 2010 at 7:44 AM, Anonymous Some Internet gasbag said...

It's sad that Conyers tried to have Colbert ejected from the hearing. Did his clownish character represent some sort of a threat? Are seasoned politicians unable to handle a jester? That's what happens to people when they've been in authority too long -- they can't deal with anyone who's not deferential. (Witness how Meg Whitman had to have Gov. Beefalo Christie get in the face of a left-leaning heckler at a campaign event. I don't like the approach Christie's taking in N.J., but at least he's got the balls to speak directly to an opponent. Too many pols are so feckless that they cannot defend themselves from a loudmouth.)

I saw Colbert's full schtick on MSNBC, and he was good. Stayed mostly in character, and still managed to tell the truthiness of how hard it is to be a farm worker. Not nearly as ballsy to do his bit in a committee room as it was to bring it directly in the face of Monkeyboy at the Correspondents' Dinner. From a guy who started as Jon Stewart's side man, he's evolved into a real mensch. Damn shame these fakers are the only ones who can publicize what's true.

 

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